65th Annual Conference
Thank you to all who joined us for WI Land+Water's 65th Annual Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva this past March.
Our Annual Conference
Each March, WI Land+Water holds an annual conference to provide valuable networking opportunities, forums to discuss programs, practices, and new ideas with colleagues, a chance to build technical knowledge, and space to be reinspired by the passion for conservation across the state.
Our conference provides dozens of valuable, up-to-date professional improvement breakout sessions and training for county staff and supervisors, agency partners, and any conservation professionals across the state. The content of these sessions varies depending on statewide input and current issues, and typically range for agricultural management, wildlife habitat restoration, and urban stormwater practices. The sessions provide Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for technical staff to maintain current licenses and knowledge of best practices in the field.
Our annual business meeting is held the last morning of the conference. This meeting includes updates from the WI Land+Water Board of Directors, a forum for discussion, and voting on resolutions or other issues.
Other events occurring at the conference include the following:
- Keynote speakers
- Statewide Youth Conservation Poster & Speaking Contests, with winning speeches presented during the opening luncheon
- Awards banquet honoring the WI Land+Water Conservation Award winners
- Area Association meetings
- Land & Water Conservation Board candidate speeches and voting
- Social Hour
- Silent Auction to benefit Youth Education programs
- Raffle to benefit LCC & LCD training scholarships
Be a Sponsor!
WI Land+Water will be offering sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 conference to help support its high-quality training efforts and networking opportunities. Sponsor benefits include promotional opportunities, registration discounts, and options for distributing materials. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 conference, contact Jim VandenBrook at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Warkentin at email@example.com.
Have a great item to donate? Not sure how to get started? We have all of the materials you need to get started. Download a map to see what counties donated in 2017, an ideas list of items to donate, a template donation letter, a "Why donate" informational sheet, a bid form for you to prefill for easy item registration and a samply thank you letter for you to thank your donors/contributors. Silent auction documents. Proceeds from the silent auction benefits youth education programs such as the Conservation Awareness Poster and Speaking Contest, Wisconsin Envirothon and two youth conservation camps, Sand Lake Conservation Camp and the Wisconsin Land+Water Youth Conservation Camp.
Raffle tickets are available now. Sales continue until the drawing at the close of the conference, Friday, March 16, 2018. Tickets are bundled in packets of 40... 10 packs of 4 tickets. Tickets are $3.00 each or 4 for $10.00. If you are still in need of raffle tickets, contact Patty Benedict and she will try to arrange for you to get tickets. NOTE: Raffle regulations prohibit mailing raffle tickets, stubs, or money. All raffle proceeds benefit the WI Land+Water Member Scholarship Program. You need not be present at the conference to win.
To see the list of prizes and how the raffle sales benefit the Member Scholarship program download the Raffle document.
Exhibit at the Conference!
This is a great opportunity to talk to and educate over 300 key natural resources professionals and enthusiasts about your products and services! For more information or to register for a table download the exhibitor form.
Like most events, this conference could not happen without the support of the numerous staff and volunteers to help run a smooth event. Many volunteer positions are available including session moderators, A/V set up, raffle ticket sellers, and general set up. Contact Kim Warkentin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to volunteer.